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Contact

If you have any questions about the event please contact Ben Lund-Conlon.

E: b.lund-conlon@ucl.ac.uk
T: 020 3108 8277

Year 12 Masterclasses

In the spring and summer terms UCL hosts a range of subject-specific masterclasses.

Masterclasses offer you a taste of learning at university, and are designed to help you decide what area of study you would like to pursue at degree level. They give you an insight in to your chosen subject, and so provide an excellent example to include in your personal statement.

The masterclasses themselves are entertaining, hands-on sessions run by UCL academics and PhD students. You’ll get the chance to look around UCL, and you’ll meet current UCL students and other young people from across London.

Summer Masterclasses

All masterclasses start at 3pm on the date stated and will conclude by 6pm.

The following series of masterclasses will be run in July 2016:

Biosciences: Monday 25 July

What can a zebrafish tell us about human biology and disease?

Monday 25 July 2016

How does a complex, multifunctioning, multicellular organism emerge from just a single cell? This simple question is the main theme of developmental biology – a varied and exciting scientific field that seeks to further our basic understanding of how an organism develops, and then apply that knowledge to improve and inform treatment of disease in humans. This Masterclass will introduce the role of model organisms in scientific research, with a particular focus on the tools and techniques that help researchers answer fundamental questions in biology. Using this information, the Masterclass will discuss a case study from the scientific literature, giving a critical evaluation of the data and the conclusions drawn from it.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying Biology, plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

English: Monday 25 July

Through the Fantastical Looking Glass: the Victorian and Modern Monsters Among Us

Monday 25 July 2016

This Masterclass will explore the ways in which monsters in popular culture - in the Victorian Age and in our own era alike - reflect the repressed fears, uncertainties, frustrations, and elicit desires of the society in which they were created. We will see how repressed concerns around urbanization, government surveillance, multiculturalism, everyday drudgery, capitalism, Darwinism, and class stratification find expression in the form of these bizarre yet disturbingly alluring monsters.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • English Language and Literature

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying English Literature (or combined Literature and Language).

Anthropology: Tuesday 26 July

Anthropology Masterclass

Tuesday 26 July 2016

This masterclass will be an introduction to Anthropology as a discipline. We will ask 'What is Anthropology?' 'What do Anthropologists “do”?' Using the body as a tool think about concepts such as identity, the self, normative and natural bodies, gender, body modification, pain, and even robots and cyborgs, students will begin to explore key anthropological questions about the mind and body, nature and culture, commodification and productivity, and the future.  The goal is for students to consider modern anthropological questions and concepts through the ethnographic tool of the body. 

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Anthropology
  • Human Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Philosophy

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAB at A Level or 36 IB points. It is preferred that you be studying at least one science subject, but it is not required.

Architecture & Urban Studies: Wednesday 27 July

Art on Walls: The Impact of Street Art on the Built Environment 

Wednesday 27 July 2016

The session offers an overview of graffiti and street art cultures, and examines their roles in shaping the form and character of cities. The session is designed as a high intensity critical encounter with public creativity in its legal, illegal and semi-legal aspects. We are going to look at examples of street artworks and discuss the laws which regulate them, and students will be encouraged to read the city in new ways, and grapple with the multiple aspects of creative production in public spaces.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Architecture
  • Urban Studies
  • Urban Planning, Design & Management
  • Planning & Real Estate
  • Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAB at A Level or 36 IB points. 

Philosophy, Politics & Economics: Wednesday 27 July

PPE & Quantitative Methods

Wednesday 27 July 2016

UCL is proud to host one of 15 new Q-Step Centres that provides advanced training in quantitative research methods for undergraduates in the social sciences. Our students receive state-of-the-art training in research design, data analysis and visualization - highly sought after skills by today’s employers. This masterclass will provide an introduction to the quantitative methods stream of UCL's PPE degree.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Philosophy, Politics & Economics
  • Social Sciences with Quantitative Methods.
  • Geography with Quantitative Methods
  • Population Health

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points.  It is preferred that you be studying mathematics, but it is not required.

History: Thursday 28 July

Pestilential Signs: Using Sources to Understand Plague

Thursday 28 July 2016

Using the plague and the Black Death as a historical backdrop we will examine the way historians work using written sources, images and manuscripts. Students will work with textual and visual sources to write historical news reports and museum-style audioguides, as well as the opportunity to have a go at transcribing a medieval English manuscript.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • History
  • Ancient History

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying History.

Law: Thursday 28 July

The Hunger Games: Competition Law and the Right to Food

Thursday 28 July 2016

Supermarkets - Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Asda, Morrisons - are some of the largest food sellers in the country. We like them because of the convenience, accessibility and variety they give to us as consumers. However, behind this glossy mask, supermarkets hide another, more complex, face that they show to those who supply their products to them. It has been observed that when the food supplier is small compared to the supermarket, that supermarket can dictate the terms at which it may buy from the food supplier. The central question that this masterclass focuses on is whether this practice of the supermarkets should be praised or criticized?  We will examine this question from the point of view of the supermarkets and their suppliers. Specifically, we will examine the impact of this practice on competition in the market and the right to food. To address this question we will explore the basic principles of competition law and human rights (especially every person’s to the right to healthy and affordable food). 

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Law

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve A*AA at A Level or 39 IB points. There are no specific subject requirements.

Ancient World: Friday 29 July

A Day in the Life of an Ancient Athenian

Friday 29 July 2016

This masterclass examines the Ancient World through the perspective of Athenian politics, law, religion, and theatre. The session aims to explore the reasons why Classical Athens has proven such an important focus for classicists and historians, and to demonstrate the variety of subjects contained within Ancient World studies, as well as showing how we can use a variety of different sources (texts, art, archaeology) to draw conclusions about the ancient world.

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Ancient World
  • Classics
  • Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation
  • Ancient History

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAB at A Level or 36 IB points.

Neuroscience: Friday 29 July

Dissecting the Brain

Friday 29 July 2016

This will be a workshop covering the history of the study of the brain and the techniques neuroscientists use to explore it, including some famous examples. Students may even get the opportunity to observe real human brain specimens!

This Masterclass would be suitable for any student interested in studying:

  • Neuroscience
  • Life Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Medicine

Eligibility

Students must be on track to achieve AAA at A Level or 38 IB points, and must be studying Chemistry plus one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

Eligibility

Please note that there are certain eligibility criteria for these Masterclasses:

We ask that students meet the following academic criteria:

  • have achieved at least five A*-B grades at GCSE
  • are on track to meet the minimum entry requirements for the subject of the Masterclass
  • are taking at least two subjects from UCL's list of preferred A levels

Students must be attending a UK state school. Priority will then be given to students who:

  • will be the first generation in their family to attend university
  • come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education
  • attend schools or colleges with a low overall A Level (or equivalent) point score

Applying

The deadline for applying has now passed and applications are no longer being received. 

Please check back at this page in early 2017 for our next series of masterclasses.